Research & Centers

The Marine School includes a number of cooperative institutes and academic and research centers of excellence that support the marine science education, research and outreach missions of the university. Collectively, they comprise a number of collaborative centers of excellence and cooperative research institutes with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). These UNH/NOAA partnerships provide vital support for programs in applied marine science and public education, estuarine and coastal research, coastal ocean mapping and hydrography, marine fisheries and aquaculture, cooperative fisheries research, coastal ocean observing, and other areas of marine science.

  • Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have become a major management tool in attempts to rebuild declining fish stocks globally. The Western Gulf of Maine Closure Area was established in 1997 to help rebuild groundfish (e.g. cod, flounders) populations in the New England region. This project is one of...
    Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have become a major management tool in attempts to rebuild declining fish stocks globally. The Western Gulf of Maine Closure Area was established in 1997 to help rebuild groundfish (e.g. cod, flounders) populations in the New England region. This project is one of...
  • Traditional methods for monitoring subtidal oyster reefs rely upon extractive sampling techniques such as dredges, tongs, or quadrat sampling by divers. Remote sensing methods such as acoustic sounders and underwater video have the potential to greatly enhance the amount of detailed spatial...
    Traditional methods for monitoring subtidal oyster reefs rely upon extractive sampling techniques such as dredges, tongs, or quadrat sampling by divers. Remote sensing methods such as acoustic sounders and underwater video have the potential to greatly enhance the amount of detailed spatial...
  • Restoration of oyster populations is a high priority for environmental managers in New Hampshire, and many other coastal states. This project seeks to determine the most effective approaches with respect to reef size and placement for restoration of natural reefs. It will address the general...
    Restoration of oyster populations is a high priority for environmental managers in New Hampshire, and many other coastal states. This project seeks to determine the most effective approaches with respect to reef size and placement for restoration of natural reefs. It will address the general...
  • This project was initiated by the City of Dover to restore a portion of a once productive oyster reef in the Bellamy River that suffered drastic declines in recent years, probably due largely to the oyster disease MSX. The Dover funds were partially matched by funds from the NH Estuaries Project....
    This project was initiated by the City of Dover to restore a portion of a once productive oyster reef in the Bellamy River that suffered drastic declines in recent years, probably due largely to the oyster disease MSX. The Dover funds were partially matched by funds from the NH Estuaries Project....
  • Previous research on the effects of the Western Gulf of Maine fishing closure has indicated substantial recovery of seafloor habitats. This project was designed to determine how gillnets might be used to assess fish populations in rocky habitats. Ray Grizzle, David Berlinsky, and Mike Leary are the...
    Previous research on the effects of the Western Gulf of Maine fishing closure has indicated substantial recovery of seafloor habitats. This project was designed to determine how gillnets might be used to assess fish populations in rocky habitats. Ray Grizzle, David Berlinsky, and Mike Leary are the...